Special Education majors at Indiana State University will find a robust program that prepares them for licensure at the preschool-12th grade levels in Indiana. Students participating in this major are required to take a minimum of 49 credit hours in education, including student teaching. It is strongly recommended that students enroll in another education content area in addition to special education to increase marketability after graduation (i.e. Elementary Education, Math Education, Science Education, etc.). Students must be admitted to BCP-I in order to register for Special Education courses other than SPED 203 and SPED 226. Students must be admitted to BCP-II in order to register for Student Teaching.
Major Courses (71 credits minimum):
A grade of C or better is required in each course as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The professional education component in special education consists of three specific areas of classwork. Each subsequent area has the previous area as a prerequisite. Area I courses are those that can be taken prior to admission to Becoming a Complete Professional I. Area II courses are those that require admission to Becoming a Complete Professional I. Area III courses require the student to be eligible for Becoming a Complete Professional II.
Early and continuous experiences with children in school settings are included throughout the professional education component and are an integral part of the professional courses. These practicum experiences are required to successfully complete each professional course. A practicum experience may be required of any SPED designated course. Students completing a double major with another teaching area may be exempted from some of these courses.
Students who will complete the Special Education Major as a double major with Elementary Education do not need to take SPED 457 or SPED 318. Students completing the Special Education Major with a secondary content area do not need to take SPED 457 or SPED 203.